Philosophica

TitleCausal pluralism and scientific knowledge: an underexposed problem
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsDe Vreese, L
JournalPhilosophica
Volume77
Pagination125–150
ISSN0379-8402
Abstract

Causal pluralism is currently a hot topic in philosophy. However, the consequences of this view on causation for scientific knowledge and scientific methodology is heavily underexposed in the present debate. My aim in this paper is to argue that an epistemological-methodological point of view should be valued as a line of approach on its own and to demonstrate how epistemological- methodological causal pluralism differs in its scope from conceptual and metaphysical causal pluralism. Further, I defend epistemological- methodological causal pluralism and try to illustrate that scientific practice needs diverse causal concepts in diverse domains, and even diverse causal concepts within singular domains.

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